Class of '66
November 2007

Dear Gustie Friends,

This fall began the 145th year of classes at Gustavus.  If my math is correct our freshman year was the 100th anniversary of Gustavus Adolphus College.  It was the beginning of the Nobel Conferences and what a contribution that has been to the college and the academic community world-wide.

I usually write after the Nobel Conference.  Hans ’65 and I try to make it an annual event and I enjoy highlighting the conference.  This year, however, we had to visit another campus, the Mayo Clinic.

Many of you have had the opportunity to visit Mayo in the past or you may have the privilege to visit it in the future.  Whatever your experience, it is a unique campus and a complex but efficient happening.  Our visit was not serious.  We are just dealing with the problems of aging.

For those of you who attended the Nobel Conference, I hope it was challenging and inspiring.  An educational experience is always helpful and enlightening at our age.

I was recently reading Randy Alcorn’s book, The Treasure Principle, when a story about Alfred Nobel appeared.  Assuming it is true, I thought it interesting enough to quote from the chapter entitled, “For Such A Time As This.”

“Alfred Nobel dropped the newspaper and put his head in his hands.  It was 1888.  Nobel was a Swedish chemist who made his fortune inventing and producing dynamite.  His brother, Ludvig had died in France.

But now Alfred’s grief was compounded by dismay.  He’d just read an obituary in a French newspaper―not his brother’s obituary, but his!  An editor had confused the brothers.  The headline read, “The Merchant of Death Is Dead.”  Alfred Nobel’s obituary described a man who had gotten rich by helping people kill one another.

Shaken by this appraisal of his life, Nobel resolved to use his wealth to change his legacy.  When he died eight years later, he left more than $9 million to fund awards for people whose work benefited humanity.  The awards became known as the Nobel Prizes.

Alfred Nobel had a rare opportunity―to look at the assessment of his life at its end and still have the chance to change it.  Before his life was over, Nobel made sure he had invested his wealth in something of lasting value.”

We all still have a chance to do something that will be of lasting value.  Let that be a challenge to each one of us.

Some of you may know that for years I have celebrated Santa Lucia in my home.  I dress up in my white gown and red sash.  I have the battery powered candle lights on my head as Hans and I celebrate our friends by serving them the traditional “Gustavus” Swedish food.

This year I hope our grandchildren can be a part of the tradition.  Our granddaughters (Edgar Carlson’s ’33 great granddaughters) will wear their Lucia crowns as they pass out many Swedish cookies.

Our grandsons will be the star boys adding excitement or maybe chaos to the evening!

We end the evening by explaining to our friends the Lucia story and then closing with favorite Christmas carols.

We have enjoyed our Swedish heritage and Hans and I take pride in having attended a school that is connected to its Swedish roots.

Because this letter is so late, I can wish you both a Happy God-filled Thanksgiving and a wonderful Christ-filled Christmas.

Email keeps us connected with Gustavus friends and occasionally we connect in various ways with other Gusties.

Betsy (Tripp) Schroeder and I continue our summertime fun on the golf course.  Hans and I played a round of golf with Milo ’65 and Judy (Boline) Larson this fall.  Ron and Esther (Peterson) Martens came up to Crosslake for the annual antique boat show.  His boat always wins.

If you happen to come to the Crosslake/Whitefish area, please take the time to give us a call.

Below is news about other ’66 Gusties:

Earl Gray successfully represented former Vikings and currently Oakland Raiders quarterback, Daunte Culpepper, on charges that happened on Lake Minnetonka.

Darryl Kuka lives with his wife, Sallyjune, in Poolesville, MD.  He is a senior subcontract administrator for Booz, Allen and Hamilton.

It is with sadness that we report the death of Richard Gisselquist who passed away on February 18, 2007.

John Blair and his wife, Starr Hall Blair ’68 live in Lubbock, TX.

Ed Gustavson, M.D., Tulsa, OK, was awarded the “Great Spirit Award” by the March of Dimes in October for his years of service to children with disabilities.  His federally funded NICU follow-up clinics serve children in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas.

We pass on sad news of the death of Karen Nielsen Pike, who died on June 10, 2007 of uterine sarcoma.  She is survived by her son and his family, and two sisters including Mary Nielsen Allan, ’65.

Cathie Esser Sattler who lives with her husband, Martin, in Hygiene, CO, is now retired from their farming and ranching business.

It would be so exciting if we could print more information about you in the next news letter.  Take time to email Gustavus and tell us about what is happening in your life.

Campus News

President Peterson Announces Retirement

President Jim Peterson ’64 announced in August that he plans to retire at the conclusion of the current academic year, capping a five-year term.  His early announcement will provide the Board of Trustees enough time to undertake a thorough search process and assist in a smooth transition to new leadership.  Peterson will serve through June 2008 and has offered to assist in an orderly transition beyond that date if needed.

Moes provide gift for Kendall Center

Gustavus parents Robert and Karin Moe have made a $1 million commitment to the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning. This leadership gift brings the College closer to its goal of fully endowing the center, which is dedicated to advancing active and interdisciplinary learning across the campus. When fully funded, the endowment will generate funds to support two main areas: faculty development and student-faculty research.

New football stadium opened

On September 8, the football team played its inaugural game at the College’s new football stadium.  The synthetic-surfaced field is recessed below ground level and features an earthen berm surrounding the entire field.  The field will continue to be named Hollingsworth Field after the late Lloyd Hollingsworth, who served as the College’s football coach from 1942-1960 and athletic director from 1961-1978.

Athletics Hall of Fame Induction

On Saturday, November 3, Gustavus inducted the following people into the Athletic Hall of Fame:  Tim DeJarlais ’91 (golf), John Erickson ’81 (hockey), Dave Hultgren ’92 (baseball), Craig Miller ’91 (cross country), Mindy Mayerchak Oosten ’88 (softball & soccer), Mike Schumacher ’91 (football), Ann Sommerness Simms ’92 (swimming), and Ryan Skanse ’92 (tennis).

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfasts

Join other Minneapolis/St. Paul area Gusties for a once-a-month morning cup of coffee and breakfast while getting an update on Gustavus. The group meets the third Wednesday of each month at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 & Hwy. 100), 8:00-9:30 a.m., $10 per person.  Reserve by calling Don Swanson ’55 at 763/533-9083

Wednesday, November 21

Winter sports coaches – Jon Carlson ’88 (men’s and women’s swimming & diving), Mark Hanson ’83 (men’s basketball), and Brett Petersen (men’s hockey)

Wednesday, December  19

Margaret Kelliher ’90, speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives

Alumni Fund

The 2008 Alumni Fund has a goal of $1.95 million from 8,000 donors.  Continue a Gustie tradition ― join other alumni to reach the goal with your participation in the 2008 Alumni Fund.

Refer a Gustie

As the school year starts, many high school seniors are getting serious about their college selection. If you know of high school seniors or juniors who may be a good fit at Gustavus, please send their names to the Office of Admission at Gustavus to help recruit the next generation of Gusties.  Contact the Admission Office at 800/GUSTAVU(S).

Calendar of events:

  • Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2        Christmas in Christ Chapel
  • December 6                 St. Lucia Day celebration on campus

Sharon Anderson Engman

1966 Co-Class Agent